Le Monde in favour of Sarkozy-Royal runoff

20th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 19, 2007 (AFP) - The authoritative Le Monde newspaper on Thursday called for voters to make a straight left-right wing choice in the French presidential election and take Socialist Segolene Royal into the runoff vote against rightwinger Nicolas Sarkozy.

PARIS, April 19, 2007 (AFP) - The authoritative Le Monde newspaper on Thursday called for voters to make a straight left-right wing choice in the French presidential election and take Socialist Segolene Royal into the runoff vote against rightwinger Nicolas Sarkozy.

In an editorial three days ahead of the first round of voting, the centre-left newspaper implicitly called for eliminating centrist Francois Bayrou from the race.

The two leading candidates from Sunday's first round will contest the runoff on May 6.

"There is on political offer two options: that of Nicolas Sarkozy, who is from the right and from the outgoing majority, which seems quite sure of itself; we must therefore hope that the second, from the left and embodied by Segolene Royal, be present in the second round to guarantee the chances of a real choice," wrote Le Monde.

Bayrou, who holds third place in opinion polls, has proposed a unity government made up of moderates from the left and right.

Le Monde argued that it was important for two differing "visions of society" to be represented in the runoff so voters can "say clearly where they want to go, decide on a certain idea of our future and of our life together."


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Subject: French news

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